A month ago, I purchased a bunch of sticker books at A.C. Moore. I wasn't really sure what my plan for them was, but they were cute and cheap.
One afternoon I needed to get a rambunctious group of boys to settle down and called them to the table. I grabbed my set of "Big Rig" truck stickers. I told them I was going to give them each a truck sticker, but first they had to draw a road to put their truck on. As the boys added to their pictures, I gave them more stickers: traffic cones, signs, and more trucks. They were all working so hard on their pictures, but I quickly realized that more importantly they were storytelling. I also asked them what the weather was for their trucks. Some added suns and some added storms. Several of them had elaborate stories about their trucks having to go through the cones and the storm and more.
I was pretty proud to see the rich language that came from that impromptu activity.
Several weeks later I decided to try it again, but this time I wanted to record their stories. I chose pirate stickers this time. What I love the most about these stickers is that they had both girl and boy pirates (as it should be). I worked with them in a similar way. As they added to their picture I would hand them another sticker. Here's a monkey, so now you might need to draw a tree. Here's a whale can you draw some waves for him.
This was a younger group (ages 2.5 to 3.5) and their "maps" didn't look like much,
but they had quite the stories to tell.
In January, we are working on building language and storytelling and
I am excited to see what other stories they come up with during this month.
|The pirate is going to the treasure. And the pirate is going in the boat.|
The pirate is going to the jungle.
|He is supposed to go to the ship and he's going to the deep deep dark in the woods.|
In the jungle. He's going to the boat with his steering wheel.
|The pirate can't find the treasure. That stops the pirate from danger. These things are water that gets the fire.|
The fire is getting closer to the pirate. But it's not getting closer to the parrot.
So the parrot is following the way to the treasure.
|The pirate is looking for treasure and a parrot. And the whale is looking for an elephant seal.|
She misses her little pet seal. She's looking for that trap so she can